Grief and Gender, 700-1700

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  • Copyright: 2003-11-08
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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This collection is the first to examine the relation of grief and gender from 700-1700 in the literature and visual arts of England, France, Italy, and Germany. These essays on Anglo-Saxon, later medieval, and Renaissance texts illustrate how representations of grief need to be differentiated historically and in terms of cultural factors that influenced the gendering of this emotion. The collection features original essays by leading authorities in literature and art history, who approach the timely subject of grief and gender from a wide range of theoretical perspectives, including psychoanalysis, historicism, feminism, and cultural materialism and in terms of theories of masculinity and intertextuality.

Author Biography

Jennifer Vaught is Assistant Professor of English, University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Lynne Dickson Bruckner is Assistant Professor of English, Chatham College in Pittsburgh.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements xi
List of Illustrations xiii
Introduction 1(16)
Jennifer C. Vaught
Part I: Anglo-Saxon and Middle High German Laments
1. From Kinship to Kingship: Mourning, Gender, and Anglo-Saxon Community
Patricia Clare Ingham
2. Death Rituals and Manhood in the Middle High German Poems The Lament, Johannes von Tepl's The Plowman, and Heinrich Wittenwiler's Ring
Albrecht Classen
Part II: Medieval Tears and Trauma
3. Disordered Grief and Fashionable Afflictions in Chaucer's Franklin's Tale and the Clerk's Tale
M.C. Bodden
4. Grief in Avalon: Sir Palomydes' Psychic Pain
Bonnie Wheeler
Part III: Male, Female, and Cross-Gendered Mourning Rituals in Renaissance Italy and France
5. Augustine's Concessions and Other Failures: Mourning and Masculinity in Fifteenth-Century Tuscany
Allison Levy
6. Petrarch's "Ladies" and Sappho's "Sirens": Fetishism and Mourning in Renaissance Women's Poetry
Juliana Schiesari
7. Family Grief: Mourning and Gender in Marguerite de Navarre's Les Prisons
Anne Lake Prescott
Part IV: Elizabethan Loss and Regeneration
8. Grief and Creativity in Spenser's Daphnaida
Donald Cheney
9. Mother's Sorrow, Mother's Joy: Mourning Birth in Edmund Spencer's Garden of Adonis
Theresa M. Krier
10. Venus and Adonis: Spencer, Shakespeare, and the Forms of Desire
Judith H. Anderson
Part V: Gendered Performances of Affect in Shakespeare
11. Tears and Masculinity in the History Play: Shakespeare's Henry VI
Martha A. Kurtz
12. Hamlet and the Genders of Grief
Marshall Grossman
Part VI: The Family, Absence, and Memory in the Seventeenth Century
13. "I might againe have been the Sepulcure": Paternal and Maternal Mourning in Early Modern England
Patricia Phillippy
14. "Mine Own Breaking": Resistance, Gender, and Temporality in Seventeenth-Century English Elegies and Jonson's "Eupheme"
W. Scott Howard
Part VII: Elegies and Rites of Passage-Then and Now
15. For Tommy: Commencement Address, June 1976
Harry Berger, Jr.
16. Afterword; Only a Rite
David Lee Miller
Notes 249(50)
Contributors 299(4)
Index 303

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